08/09/2008 12:00AM

Lethal Heat back for more


DEL MAR, Calif. - The racing saddle used on Lethal Heat in Friday's $108,900 Real Good Deal Stakes will not be in storage for long.

On Saturday morning, trainer Barry Abrams said that Lethal Heat emerged from her victory against males in the seven-furlong Real Good Deal in fine shape and will be pointed for the $350,000 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on turf next Saturday.

"It was like a workout," he said of the Real Good Deal. Well, one that includes a first-place purse of $65,340 and the distinction of beating seven statebred males for her fourth stakes win.

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Lethal Heat rallied from sixth to win the Real Good Deal by a half-length over 13-1 Young Joe. Dancing in Silks, the 8-5 favorite who was making his stakes debut, finished third, a head behind Young Joe.

Lethal Heat ran seven furlongs in 1:21.95, a track record, and paid $6.20.

"This was a good tune-up for the Oaks," Abrams said in the winner's circle. "I told Garrett, 'When you ask her for a run, she'll give you one.' These were decent horses."

Lethal Heat, 3, has won 6 of 8 starts and $384,528. Earlier this year she won the Grade 3 Santa Paula Stakes on turf at Santa Anita and the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks on the main track at Hollywood Park. The Real Good Deal was her second stakes win of the Del Mar meeting, preceded by the Fleet Treat Stakes against statebred fillies on July 20.

Abrams said that if Lethal Heat is lethargic in coming days, he could bypass the Del Mar Oaks with her in favor of the $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares over 6o1/2 furlongs on Aug. 24.

"She ran a little harder than I thought she would need to," Abrams said. "She has so much energy."

Pure Clan skipping the Oaks

The Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks field will not include Pure Clan, the winner of the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 5.

Trainer Bob Holthus said by telephone on Saturday that Pure Clan has not done as well as he hoped through a stretch of hot weather recently in Kentucky.

"We were hoping to put some weight on her after the race at Hollywood Park," Holthus said. "It's been really hot back here. We really wanted to come out there, but we want do what's best for her."

Holthus said that Pure Clan will be pointed for the $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Belmont Park on Sept. 6.

"We thought it would be better to give her another couple of weeks," he said.

Aside from Lethal Heat, probable starters in the Del Mar Oaks are Bel Air Sizzle, Ginger Pop, Magical Fantasy, Missit, Misty Ocean, Oceane Music, Satan's Circus, and Storm Mesa.

Trainer John Sadler said that Tasha's Miracle, second to Storm Mesa in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap on July 26, will pass the Del Mar Oaks. She will be pointed for the $100,000 Harold Ramser Sr. Handicap over a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Oct. 11.

Get Funky vs. Idiot Proof on Wednesday

Get Funky, the winner of the Robert Kerlan Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 6, will try for the third stakes win in his last four starts in Wednesday's $80,000 Green Flash Handicap over five furlongs on turf.

To win, he must beat Idiot Proof, who is making his first start since finishing second to top sprinter Benny the Bull in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai in March.

Get Funky has developed into a turf sprint specialist in the last year. Sadler considers the Green Flash a prep to the Morvich Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Sept. 24. Get Funky won the Morvich last year. In October, Sadler wants to run Get Funky in the newly created $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.

The five-furlong distance of the Green Flash may be shorter than Get Funky's ideal distance.

"It's not his perfect distance, but we need to get a race into him," Sadler said.

Owned by Keith Abrahams, Get Funky has won 6 of 15 starts and $553,793.

Idiot Proof has won 5 of 12 starts and $1,263,204 for owner-breeder Pam and Marty Wygod and trainer Clifford Sise. Idiot Proof won the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita and was second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park last fall. He is being pointed toward those two races at Santa Anita again later this year.

Awesome Gem, Mast Track work

Awesome Gem and Mast Track, two leading contenders for the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, worked here on Saturday.

Awesome Gem, second in the Pacific Classic and third in the Breeders' Cup Classic last year, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20. Trained by Craig Dollase for West Point Thoroughbreds, Awesome Gem has made one start this summer, finishing second by a nose in the Wickerr Handicap here on July 25.

Mast Track, who won the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on June 28, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80. Humberto Ascanio, assistant trainer to Bobby Frankel, timed Mast Track in 1:13.20. "Bobby wanted him to go in 1:13," Ascanio said. "Everything is right, right now."

The field for the Pacific Classic has grown to 11 candidates. The other probable starters are Delosvientos, Go Between, Mostacolli Mort, Out of Control, Student Council, Surf Cat, Tissy Fit, Well Armed, and Zappa.